LAS VEGAS - Bray Armes moved into first place at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
On Wednesday night, Armes manhandled his steer to the ground in 3.9 seconds to finish runner-up in the seventh go-round, earning $14,724 in the process. He has earned $37,660. Most importantly, his seven-run cumulative time of 31.5 seconds is the best among bulldoggers, and he has a 2.7-second lead over the No. 2 man in the average, Casey Martin.
Martin leads the world standings race with more than $129,000. Armes has moved from 14th on the money list to eighth. Should Armes remain No. 1 in the average race, he'll pocket a $47,776 bonus, but second place pays $38,762 - that means Martin holds an advantage.
"It would be awesome to win the average, but I'm for that gold buckle," said Armes, who grew up in Gruver, Texas. "I need to get a lot of money in the go-rounds, so thats what I'm going for. I'm just going to keep throwing them down and see what happens."
After admitting that he had been letting the pressure of the moment get to him, Armes has changed his focus. Its been rather beneficial.
"I'm a lot more relaxed, just letting it happen," he said.
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